Working with Families: A Systemic Approach A one-day seminar with Prof. Rudi Dallos London, 14 March 2020 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Whether we are working with families directly or with couples and individuals, we acknowledge that family dynamics – both ongoing and historical – have the capacity to create challenging conditions. Our clients may be finding their relationships overwhelming, stress provoking and unmanageable or they may need our assistance in breaking out of old, unhelpful patterns – a systemic approach can be most helpful in such cases. Systemic Family Therapy, which can be a helpful adjunct to any of our primary modalities, utilises specific conversational, client participation and therapeutic techniques, which allow individuals and families the chance to articulate and assess their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment (facilitated by the therapist). At this practical and engaging seminar, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors, Prof. Rudi Dallos highlights and explains how, as therapists, we can draw on family life-cycle theory and Attachment Theory to comprehend the patterns and relationship difficulties that evolve in families. Using illustrative case vignettes and discussions, the workshop introduces us to some of the core techniques of systemic family therapy: Tracking Circularities: how we can identify repetitive patterns of interaction between family members, with a view to understanding relationship difficulties Mapping Genograms: an approach that goes beyond the conventional family tree, allowing clients to visually comprehend the psychological factors that influence their relationships. We discuss how we can facilitate this for our clients. Family Sculpts: a technique borrowed from psychodrama that often reveals family dynamics visually, in a manner that words may not encapsulate. We look at examples that explain this technique. Circular Questioning: a conversational technique that allows us, as therapists, to elicit as well as introduce information into the family system. The workshop explains how we can utilise this technique. Re-storying and Externalising: techniques by which we can help our clients to engage with their family story and assist them in new interpretations for old narratives, where required The workshop will consider clinical work with a variety of problem presentations, using examples from eating disorders, couple conflict and conduct disorders and also provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our own clinical material.
About the speaker Prof. Rudi Dallos is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He has conducted research and engaged in clinical practice with families for over 30 years. Rudi specialises in work with children and conditions such as anorexia, autism, offending behaviours and conduct related problems. He is the author of several books and articles on the theme including: An Introduction to Family Therapy, Attachment Narrative Therapy, Formulation in Psychotherapy and Counselling and Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives. Currently, Rudi is engaged in a major research trial with Becky McKenzie to develop and evaluate SAFE, an ANT based intervention for families with a child diagnosed with autism.
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